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Still holding sway

Thai-style mobiles are a shrinking industry, but the artisans that stick to the tradition are rewarded handsomely.

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Pla ta pian _ wind mobiles in the shape of a carp _ may be harder to find nowadays, but for a lucky few this locally made handicraft remains a thriving business, generating income of 20,000 to 40,000 baht a month for makers in Bangkok's Thawi Watthana district. 

These mobiles made from bai lan, or fan palm fronds, used to be a common sight, swaying in the breeze above babies' cribs.

The woven fish caught on among Thais partly due to the local belief that the carp is a symbol of prosperity.

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